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CNN Jeopardy in Occupy Denver

Jerry Stratton, November 13, 2011

It is 6:06 AM and I’m waiting in the airport for my flight back to San Diego. CNN is on the tv. Apparently a Denver police officer was injured in the Occupy Denver confrontation last night.

The CNN reporter, talking to Lt. Robert King, asked “Is it fair to say the trouble-makers are not necessarily affiliated with the Occupy movement?”

If a tea party event had resulted in injured police officers, would CNN try this hard to (a) degrade the injury to the result of ‘trouble-makers’ and (b) deflect the blame away from the movement? That wasn’t even a real question. It was a telegraphed answer disguised as a question. Even if Lt. King had not followed CNN’s cue, anything other than a flat denial1 would be spun by the question into the desired answer: police acknowledge possibility, police: possible that, or my favorite, police theorize that, ignoring who was doing the theorizing.

In response to BlogCon 2011: Are you ready for that? Checking into a Denver hotel under a phony name with intent to commit capital fraud and a head full of acid? I sure hope so.

  1. And flat denials are very unlikely this early simply because the event just happened. King needs to wait until more facts are available before denying any possibility, however remote. Ask him if this was caused by space aliens and the most you’re likely to get is that it’s an unlikely scenario but that they’re looking into the whereabouts of Paul Krugman.

  1. <- Blogcon Saturday Night